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BCFLawnLandscape
04-04-2006, 05:56 PM
I just got a job which includes tearing up an existing yard with grass and reinstalling sod. I have the job but I keep thinking the best way to tear the old grass out? Any suggestions. I have a bobcat which will be used i dont know if i should just scrape it all off or (I have sprayed and waiting for all existing grass to kill off) Does anybody have any suggestions on the fastest and easiest way to do this job?

LB1234
04-04-2006, 06:57 PM
how many square feet?

BCFLawnLandscape
04-05-2006, 07:25 PM
i would say its about 1400 sqaure feet

Coffeecraver
04-05-2006, 09:38 PM
Try a sod cutter
:)

LB1234
04-05-2006, 10:46 PM
something around 50x28 feet I'd say a machine with a bucket would get it done the fastest. problem is you need to be carefull of not taking that much of the topsoil with it.

wski4fun
04-05-2006, 10:55 PM
I've heard people talking about it before but not sure what it's called. It attaches to the bobcat and works like a rototiller. I think it goes down about 6 inches and buries the rocks and stuff and leaves a good 3-4 inches of topsoil. I'M sure there is raking involved and stuff but might be easier than scapeing all that crap up and hualing it away. Sorry to be so vague but call your BC dealer or local rent a center and they ma be more help.

LB1234
04-05-2006, 10:56 PM
I've heard people talking about it before but not sure what it's called. It attaches to the bobcat and works like a rototiller. I think it goes down about 6 inches and buries the rocks and stuff and leaves a good 3-4 inches of topsoil. I'M sure there is raking involved and stuff but might be easier than scapeing all that crap up and hualing it away. Sorry to be so vague but call your BC dealer or local rent a center and they ma be more help.

A soil cultivator?

dcgreenspro
04-05-2006, 11:13 PM
rockhound. throws all the rocks (up to a certain size into bucket for easy removal. had one at a job and saved me tons of time prepping.:clapping:

wski4fun
04-05-2006, 11:14 PM
that's not the name I'm thinking of but since I don't use a BC maybe it's the same thing.

JB1
04-05-2006, 11:14 PM
getting ready to do one in a couple of weeks, I will take a skid steer with harley rake and tear it up and then sod.

pondfishr
04-06-2006, 12:15 AM
There are two types, the rockhound that collects the stones in the basket and the harlry rake.

The harley rake angles the rocks to one side. Multiple trips in the same direction results in prepared soil with all the rocks and trash to one side.

Just be careful that there are not any cables buried shallow in the yard.

BCFLawnLandscape
04-06-2006, 09:40 AM
so will the rockhound remove all the old grass w/out spraying it w/roundup? If sprayed w/roundup could it be possible to use a tooth bucket to scrape off the grass and try and keep as much topsoil as possible?

pondfishr
04-06-2006, 12:56 PM
It depends on how compacted your soil is for the rockound results. Rockhound recommends if your soil is extremely compacted you should use tiller or scarifier to loosen the ground at least 4" deep. You can try and use a tooth bucket and you might have pretty decent results. It depends on the condition of the ground and such. Here is a link to goth the rockhound and harley rake websites that should help answer your questions.

http://rockhound.com/index.html

http://www.harleyattachments.com/index.asp

BCFLawnLandscape
04-06-2006, 01:25 PM
i was thinking of just rockhounding the whole thing, then scraping the grass up in bucket and hauling it off, because it still has some healthy grass! Thanks for all the replies

pondfishr
04-06-2006, 01:59 PM
That should work. i would be interested in hearing how it comes out when you get finished. Good Luck..